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David J Keljo, MD, PhD is the local principal investigator for several multicenter studies in IBD:
The Risk Stratification Study—evaluating the factors in newly diagnosed Crohn Disease patients that predict the rapid development of penetrating or structuring complications.
The PROTECT Study: Examining the factors predicting response to mesalamine, steroids or biological
therapies in patients newly diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis
The GEM Study: Evaluating siblings of IBD patients who themselves have not yet developed IBD, to
Determine the factors which might predict their subsequent development of IBD.
Natural history of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease
Bone disease in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease—co-mentored Dr. Mona Harpavat in this research
Inflammatory markers in stool post small bowel transplant and inpatients with inflammatory bowel disease—mentoring Dr. Cheryl Blank and Dr. Feras Alissa in this research
Patient education in IBD—co-mentoring Dr. Cheryl Blank in developing patient knowledge assessment tool
David J. Keljo, MD, PhD, is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, director of the hospital's Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Dr. Keljo earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Yale University, graduating magna cum laude with departmental honors in 1971. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he was awarded the R.G. Williams Prize for Research by an undergraduate. Dr. Keljo also earned a doctorate in physiology from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, and a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, where he was awarded the Tisdall Prize for Research by a fellow.
Dr. Keljo's research program seeks to better understand inflammatory bowel disease and improve treatment. His research interests include examining the time course and effects of therapy on bone density to optimize bone development in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Assessment of disease activity currently relies on symptoms such as abdominal pain, which can have many causes other than inflammatory bowel disease. More reliable measurement of disease activity will help to improve studies of treatment for inflammatory bowel disease.
He has been published in many notable publications, including Current Gastroenterology Reports and Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology.
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Total Comments: 18
Dr Keljo is very helpful with the issues my child has going on
As I have indicated previously, Dr. Keljo and his nurse, Denise are excellent health care providers and I am grateful to have them for my son. Many other health care experiences for myself, elderly mother and others have not lived up to the standards that Dr. Keljo maintains.
Dr. Keljo thoughtfully answers questions. He takes time to consider the best options for treatment and care. I believe he has a tremendous amount of knowledge, experience & expertise, yet he is humble and really listens to the patient and the parent.
we really feel comfortable at children's of Pittsburgh. everyone is friendly and kind. dr Keljo is the best!
Was a great experience and helped me alot
Dr. Keljo sincerely cared about my son and took good care of him! He understood the importance of being able to play baseball had in my son's life, even with his illness, and did not try to make light of this.
Despite a shedule that I am sure is very busy, Dr. Keljo has never made us feel like he was in a rush to be elsewhere and has always taken the time to discuss any issues that we raised. Dr. Keljo brings a perfect mix of professionalism and concern for my daughter's well being. After each visit, my daughter and I always remind eachother how lucky we are to have her in Dr. Keljo's care.
The doctor was nice and took the time to talk but seemed to be very uninformed on the area of celiac and the new things that are in discussions. He told me that he never had heard about arsenic in rice. I showed him the article from Consumer Reports and asked his opinion on the situation and he told me that he had never heard about it. I was shocked. Also, I asked what next steps he would do if his son had my son's medical history and he said that he would never have been able to put his son on a gluten free diet. I also asked him to talk with my son about eating slowly and taking small bites. The doctor's response was "you just have to eat slow and take small bites." I couldn't believe that he was just going to repeat what I said!
Dr. Keljo did an outstanding job. I was very happy with our visit and I would definitely recommend him to our friends and family.
He was very harsh with my child as far as him being upset about having a part of the exam. He minimized his discomfort saying 'I don't know what the big deal is' to him crying!
Dr. Keljo is very thoughtful as he considers the best treatment options. He willing answers and encourages questions.
Dr. Keljo is a fantastic doctor. He is so easy to talk to and he is very knowledgeable about my condition. I would recommend him to anyone looking for quality care.
we are very confident in Keljos opinion and care of our child.
I am always impressed by Dr. Keljo's knowledge, patience, interest in what my son or I have to say or ask and the ease with which he applies his knowledge and experience to my son personally. He is softspoken yet authoritative which makes it easy to talk and/or ask questions and having confidence in Dr. Keljo as a professional and specialist. He never appears to be "in a hurry" in person or over the phone. Although I have never had the privilege of meeting Dr. Keljo's Nurse, Denise, I have great appreciation for her attention to each and every telephone message regarding Michael, whether it is something requiring more immediate attention, routine patient needs or a request for advice from Dr. Keljo or Denise regarding specific needs. The confidence I have in Dr. Keljo and in Denise is more and more rare in the health care arena. It is treasured.
I have never had any bad experiences with Dr. Keljo and his staff. They always take great care of me, are prompt with returning my calls with any concerns or questions. I would highly recommend Dr. Keljo to anyone looking for a Gastro Specialist.
I liked this health care provider, and I would go back again.
We love Dr. Keljo. He is the one who kept our son alive. Going to Children's was scary in the beginning, but it is a comfort now. We are so thankful for everyone there who has been involved with us and our son.
Dr. Keljo is a great doctor. We have been seeing him for 11 years and he has been very good to us.
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